Strep throat (streptococcal pharyngitis) is an infection that occurs in the back of the throat and the tonsils. It is caused by group A streptococcus. Infected persons often develop a dry or itchy throat, making it painful to swallow. Strep throat is particularly common in children aged 5 to 15, but adults are susceptible as well. The bacteria that causes strep throat is highly infectious and infections are most likely to occur in late winter and early spring.
Strep throat can also cause several flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms often mislead strep throat sufferers into believing they really have the flu. However, if you’re experiencing swelling or redness, or see white patches or dots in the back of your throat, it’s likely to be strep.
Seeking medical treatment for strep throat will help you find relief quickly. We treat strep throat with oral antibiotics such as Amoxicillin, Augmentin, Azithromycin, Ceftin and more. To see more about what we prescribe, review the treatment section below.
Throat pain that develops suddenly
Painful or swollen lymph nodes
White patches in the throat
Swelling or redness in the back of the throat
If you see white patches or dots in the back of your throat, it’s likely caused by Strep. Viral pharyngitis usually have other symptoms such as fatigue, nasal congestion, cough, sneezing, hoarseness, ear pain, sinus discomfort
Viral infections are often self-limiting and treated with over-the-counter drugs to help with some of the uncomfortable symptoms. If you’re worried you may have strep throat, you should not hesitate to take action.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) can occur in any part of the urinary system, which encompasses the kidneys, the ureters, the urethra, and the bladder. UTIs occur due to bacteria, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), entering the lower urinary tract via the urethra. From there, the bacteria multiplies rapidly, leading to infection of the immune system.
About 1 out of 5 women will get a UTI at some point because their urethras are shorter than men's and provide an easier pathway for bacteria. However, anyone can get a UTI. If untreated, urinary tract infections can lead to serious complications, such as cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), or acute pyelonephritis (inflammation of the kidney).
Most UTI infections respond to antibiotics. The type of UTI you have will determine the types of antibiotics you should receive. Simple infections are treated with Nitrofurantoin (Macrobid), Amoxicillin-clavulante, cefuroxime, cefdinir, bactrim, and other antibiotics. Complicated UTIs and kidney infections may be treated with a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which include ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), and others.
Painful or burning urination
Intense urge to urinate
Lower abdominal or back discomfort
Discolored (Cloudy, dark) urine
Bloody, or strange-smelling urine
Pain or discomfort in the lower stomach, abdomen, or lower back
Possible fever, chills nausea or fatigue
A sinus infection, also called sinusitis, occurs when the tissue lining the sinuses becomes swollen or inflamed.
While healthy sinuses are filled with air, blocked sinuses fill with fluid, which allows germs to grow, resulting in infection.
A sinus blockage can be caused by a viral infection, allergies, nasal polyps, or even a deviated septum.
Facial pressure or tenderness
Cough and congestion
Also called vaginal candidiasis, a vaginal yeast infection is a common condition that causes irritation, discharge, itching, and discomfort in and around the vagina and vulva.
Most women will get one at some point in their lives. Some women get chronic yeast infections, which often occur before their period starts.
Yeast infections are almost always caused by an overgrowth of fungus—specifically, Candida albicans. Risk factors include diabetes, antibiotic use, pregnancy, postmenopausal estrogen therapy, and having a weakened immune system. Genetics may also play a role.
Not everyone will have the same yeast infection symptoms, and some people have no symptoms at all.Those who do may experience:
Vulvar burning or irritation
Vaginal itching/vaginal burning
Odor-free thick, white discharge
Vaginal pain and soreness
Vulvar redness and swelling
Watery vaginal discharge
In more severe cases, a person may experience swelling, extensive redness, and itching that leads to skin tears or cracks. These symptoms can cause pain during sex.
Thankfully, there’s a better way to treat this common condition without messy over-the-counter creams. Prescription antifungal medications can clear up a yeast infection with as little as one pill.
Medications like fluconazole tablets work by restoring the proper balance of bacteria and yeast that occur naturally in the vagina.
Chronic allergies are a widespread condition that affects millions of people worldwide. An allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts to a foreign substance that is typically harmless to most people. Some of the most common chronic allergies include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), eczema, drug allergies, and food allergies.
The symptoms of chronic allergies are often persistent and can be difficult to manage. Some people may experience severe or mild allergy symptoms, including:
Sinus Congestion - Blockage or stuffiness of the nasal passages.
Coughing - Allergic coughing is a reaction to allergens such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander.
Persistent Sneezing - A reflex action that occurs when the nasal passages are irritated by allergens.
Itching - A common symptom of allergies that can affect the skin, eyes, nose, and throat.
Facial Congestion - Feeling of pressure, fullness, or tightness in the face, usually around the sinuses or nasal passages.
Urticaria - Also known as hives, this is a skin condition characterized by the sudden appearance of itchy, red, or white welts or bumps on the skin.
Chronic allergies can also lead to life-threatening symptoms, such as asthma attacks and anaphylaxis.
The treatment for chronic allergies and allergy medications depends on the severity of symptoms and your medical history. Some commonly prescribed medications for chronic and seasonal allergies include:
Singulair - A leukotriene receptor antagonist that helps to reduce inflammation and swelling in the airways, making it easier to breathe.
Azelastine - An antihistamine that helps to reduce the symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, itching, and runny nose.
Prednisone pack - A corticosteroid that is prescribed for severe allergy symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or swelling of the face and throat.
Cetirizine - An antihistamine that can be used to relieve allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy or watery eyes.
Flonase - A corticosteroid nasal spray that helps to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages.
It is important to consult with a healthcare provider to diagnose your allergies and determine the best way to treat your allergies, as some medications may have negative interactions with others or have potential side effects due to undetected drug allergies.
Nausea is the unpleasant sensation of being about to vomit. It can occur alone or can accompany vomiting.
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Also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. It is highly contagious and common amongst children in schools and daycares.
Common causes of pink eye includes virus, bacteria, allergies, irritant such as smoke, shampoo and eye drops.
Redness, itching, tearing, crusting and purulent discharge in one or both eyes
The affected eye is often "stuck shut" in the morning
Bacterial conjunctivitis typically has thick discharge that continues throughout the day
Viral and allergic conjunctivitis presents with watery or scant amount of mucus
Otitis Externa (Swimmer's Ear) often develops after repeated exposure to moisture from swimming, sweating, and humid environments It usually affects only one ear causing pain, redness and itching.
Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection) occurs when a bacterial or viral infection affects the nasal passages, throat, and eustachian tubes.
Discharge or drainage
Tugging or pulling in children
Itching and irritation
There are multiple types of ear infections due to the various parts of the ear, but the most common is a middle ear infection or otitis media. The most common causes include:
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
A medical provider diagnoses an ear infection by combining a patient's medical history, physical examination, and sometimes additional tests. They will ask about symptoms like ear pain, fluid drainage from the ear, hearing loss, and fever. During the physical examination, the doctor uses an otoscope to look into the ear canal and assess the eardrum for redness, inflammation, fluid buildup, or other signs of infection. If necessary, they might use a pneumatic otoscope to check the eardrum's movement in response to pressure changes, which can help differentiate between different types of ear infections. In more complex cases or if treatment isn't effective, additional tests like tympanometry or even a culture of the ear fluid might be performed.
While self-diagnosis is not a substitute for professional medical evaluation, individuals can be attentive to certain symptoms that might suggest an ear infection. Symptoms of an ear infection can include ear pain, a sensation of fullness or pressure in the ear, fluid drainage from the ear, hearing loss, and sometimes fever. If there's a recent history of a cold or upper respiratory infection, it might increase the likelihood of an ear infection, especially in children.
The treatment of an ear infection typically involves a combination of approaches to alleviate symptoms and eliminate the underlying infection. In many cases, bacterial ear infections are treated with antibiotics to completely remove the infection and prevent long-lasting damage. However, in the case of mild and viral ear infections, the condition will typically resolve itself on its own. In some cases, physical interventions are needed when there is a blockage or fluid that will not drain
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